All of our full-service expeditions include sherpas for the group. We hire Sherpas and high altitude porters in a support capacity, and now have 23 of these very experienced, friendly, strong, helpful, and loyal people on our staff, including some of Nepal and Tibet's best climbers and some of Nepal's only women Sherpas. Some of our Sherpas have been to the summit of Cho Oyu more than 5 times. One of our lady sherpas just became the first Nepalese woman to reach the summit of Cho Oyu. Many of our sherpas have personally assisted foreign climbers to the summits of more than ten of the highest peaks in the Himalaya, and Cho Oyu as many as five times.
Note: We strive to provide one group sherpa for each 3-4 members. The group sherpa's duty is to help the members and to carry group equipment such as tents, rope, food, and gas up and down the mountain. Group sherpas help to setup and take down camps. They are also there to try to assist in any rescues, so the other members do not have to give up their summit attempt to rescue a sick member. Our group Sherpas will help you throughout the climb and they will also help you during the ascent up to the summit and back down. If you need more sherpa assistance, we encourage you to hire a personal sherpa.
Is it possible to hire a sherpa to provide me a bit of extra help?
We are offering two different sherpa services to provide a bit of extra help and greatly increase chances for a successful summit to our members.
Full personal-private sherpas-
High altitude "personal-equipment-carriage-service"-
If you are thinking about either option, please let us know so we can find a sherpa most suitable to your needs. We must know two months before the climb. Please feel free to ask us any questions about sherpas and about which of our two options may be most suited to your needs. Thank you.
The above costs of hiring your own personal-private Sherpa include their equipment, food, accommodation, clothing, permits, visas, transport, and insurance. The above prices do not include oxygen (normally Sherpas do not use Oxygen on Cho Oyu), nor do they include gratuities, summit bonus, and tips. Please see our other questions about tipping and bringing gifts for sherpas .
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